"You saved my son's life seven years ago, and now he's saved yours."

I love this story. A 17-year-old high school student and volunteer fireman performed the Heimlich maneuver on a woman who was choking on her lunch in the dining area of a restaurant in which he works, only to discover it was the nurse who saved his life when he was 11. Penny Brown, an intensive-care nurse at Buffalo General Hospital, had given Stephan CPR after he was accidentally hit in the chest with a baseball bat and went into cardiac arrest.

Initially, [Kevin Stephan] didn't even know the woman he helped on the afternoon of Jan. 27 was the nurse who saved his life on a baseball diamond 61/2 years earlier.

Kevin's mother - who happened to be in the restaurant that afternoon - was the first to realize the link between the two events.

"Oh, my goodness," Lorraine Stephan told [Penny Brown]. "You saved my son's life seven years ago, and now he's saved yours."

…"Wow. I couldn't believe it," said Kevin, now a senior at Lancaster High School. "Everyone I have told is like, "No way.' They're in total disbelief."

…"He's very mature for his age, a quick thinker and quick to act," said fellow firefighter Dan Curtis.

…Not long after the Jan. 27 incident at the restaurant, Kevin called Dan Curtis to thank him for teaching him the right way to perform such life-saving techniques a few years ago.

…While neither Kevin nor Brown sought publicity for their actions, they both wanted to emphasize the need for people to be prepared - to learn CPR, the Heimlich maneuver and other life-saving techniques.
Somewhere, writers are already working on the screenplay, and Zach Braff's agent's phone is ringing.

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